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HPS771 - Research Methods in Psychology A

Unit details

Year2017 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Cloud (online)
Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Warrnambool, Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Trimester 3: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Trimester 1: Christian Hyde

Trimester 2: Ian Fuelscher

Trimester 3: Ian Fuelscher






Incompatible with: HP671, HPS201
Contact hours:

Trimester 1, Trimester 2 and Trimester 3 Cloud (online): 1 x 2 hour online seminar per week and 1 x 1.5 hour cloud (online) lecture per week

Trimester 2 Campus: 1 x 2 hour seminar every odd week, 1 x 2 hour laboratory class every even week, 1 x 1.5 hour cloud (online) class per week


This unit will introduce students to a variety of parametric univariate statistics commonly used in psychology. The focus is on both a conceptual and analytical understanding, rather than strict computational problem solving. The unit progresses from a discussion of descriptive statistics and the foundation of hypothesis testing to the introduction of specific statistical procedures such as the t-test, chi-square, Analysis of Variance, Correlation and Regression. An important focus of the unit is on understanding the logic underlying the various statistical analyses covered. The unit also emphasises links between specific statistical analyses and common study designs used in psychology. Students will be taught to analyse data primarily through definitional formulae, as well as a computer-based statistical package.


Assessment task 1: Final examination (2 hours) 60%

Assessment task 2: Assignment (maximum 2000 words) 40%

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